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Joi Wasill holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Mississippi, received secondary education licensure from Middle Tennessee State University and is a former "Who's Who in American Teachers" recipient, as well as Sumner County "Young Educator of the Year". Mrs. Wasill began teaching in the public schools of Tennessee in 1986 and founded the Decisions, Choices and Options program in 2002. She has been named "30 Most Influential People" in Sumner County, TN and received the Congressional honor of "Angel in Adoption" in 2012. She and her family are involved in their community and she loves watching her son play high school football. She has been married to Bill Wasill, a business owner in Davidson County, TN for 3 years.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Financial figures through 2011 are taken from the Moms Alive or DCO 990. Beginning in 2012, financial figures taken from Lifeline Children's Services Form 990, prepared by Steve Richardson & Company, PC. 2013 financial data taken from Lifeline Children's Services audited financials; 2013 Form 990 is unavailable. 2013 Projected Revenue and Expenses displayed here reflect TN portions of Lifeline Children's Services programs, specifically.
Early childhood education and pre-K programs embrace the crucial stages of brain development in children that when ignored, put children at risk for entering the public school system with an avoidable early learning deficit that will hamper their ability to learn and succeed in school and in life. Almost 90 percent of brain development occurs before a child is old enough to enter kindergarten, but many families cannot afford quality early education programs.
Parents dropping their kids off at school may not realize their child sits next to a young person in the foster care system. Students may not realize their classmate is not going home to his or her own parents, but to a group home or foster care placement. No sign on this child would alert anyone that he or she has likely suffered abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
All Tennessee families should have access to high quality, developmentally appropriate child care and after-school programming for their children, regardless of income level. In order to even out the playing field for all children in Middle Tennessee, support for local nonprofit childcare centers and afterschool programs is as vital as ever. By providing educational opportunities and enriching activities for these youths, after-school programs and centers can offer alternatives to potentially less productive and sometimes harmful activities in which youth may be tempted to participate when left to their own supervision.
In Tennessee, gang presence has been on the rise since the late 1980s and early 1990s, when gangs first made a concerted push into the state. Since 2011, police have identified at least 5,000 gang members in Davidson County, and gang-related crimes have increased by 25%. Meanwhile, cities with 50,000 or fewer inhabitants have seen gang-related crimes triple in frequency nationally since 2005.
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